Volleyball Falls to No. 25 Berry and No. 8 Emory in Emory National Tournament Play

ATLANTA – The Tufts women's volleyball team completed play in the Emory National Tournament on Saturday, falling to No. 25 Berry, 3-0, and No. 8 Emory, 3-0.  Senior captain Mackenzie Bright was named to the All-Tournament Team. 

Mackenzie Bright was named to the All-Tournament Team 

With the two setbacks the Jumbos fall to 3-2 on the season.  Berry improved to 4-2 with the win over the Jumbos and Emory is now 7-1 with the win.  

In the first match of the day the Jumbos found themselves down early in the first set.  That early deficit was too much for the Jumbos to overcome and they fell in the first set 25-16.  

The Jumbos took the lead early in the second set.  But, four points behind the serve of Christina Goforth gave the Vikings a 10-8 lead.  Tufts responded with a kill from junior Brigid Bell and a block by junior Christina Nwankpa tied things at ten.  The two teams traded points and with thigs locked at 12 the Vikings got a kill from Emily Hancock and two Jumbo errors helped them take a 15-12 lead.  Tufts fought back, but the Vikings took set two, 25-19.  

Berry scored the first four points of set three to take an early lead.  The Jumbos came within three, but that's as close as they got, falling in the third set, 25-18. 

Junior captain Maddie Stewart was the kill leader for the Jumbos with seven.  Bright added six and Nwankpa, Bell and sophomore Jennifer Ryan all added five kills each.  Sophomore Sophia Acker led the defense, finishing with 15 digs.  Junior Rachel Furash ran the offense, collecting 21 assists. 

Hancock finished with 15 kills for Berry and Carson VanCampen added nine of her own.  Both Christina Goforth and Laura Beier turned in 12 digs each.  Emily Rapach took care of the setting for the Vikings, finishing with 27 assists.  The Vikings were a force to be reckoned with at the net, finishing with 21 blocks.  VanCampen finished with six and both Hannah Billiard and Micayla Bedoian each had five a piece. 

In the second match of the day the Jumbos played three close sets with the host Eagles, falling 25-19, 25-21, 26-24.  The two teams traded the lead early in the first set.  With things tied at six the Eagles scored four points behind the serve of Maureen Schick, including an ace, to take a 10-6 lead.  The Eagles held on to that lead for most of the set, and were leading 21-15 when the Jumbos made a comeback.  A kill from Stewart, followed by an Eagle error, and kills from Bell and Ryan brought the Jumbos within two, 21-19.  But, after an Emory time out, the Eagles got two kills from Finn Wilkins and capitalized on a couple of Jumbo errors to pick up a 25-19 win in set one. 

The Jumbos took the lead in set two and held on to it for about half the set.  With Tufts ahead 16-13 the Eagles kills from Wilkins and Mady Arles and a double block by Wilkins and Morgan McKnight tied things at 16.  The Jumbos would take the lead again thanks to kills from Stewart and Ryan, and an ace from freshman Cate Desler.  But, with the score locked at 19 the Eagles got an ace from Kelsey Meins, followed by a kill from McKnight and another ace from Meins to take the lead and picked up the 25-21 win in set two. 

The start of the third set was close, but the Jumbos took the lead with things tied at seven.  A couple of Eagle errors and an ace from Acker gave the Jumbos a 13-18 advantage.  They held on to that lead for a bit, but the Eagles were able to comeback.  Down by two, 21-18, a couple of Jumbo errors and a double block by Wilkins and Karissa Dzurik tied things at 21.  The Jumbos took the lead again thanks to a kill from Stewart, followed by a double block by Bright and Nwankpa and an ace from Jennifer Ryan.  But, just a point away from a win in set three, 24-21, the Jumbos weren't able to close the deal.  A kill from Dzurik, followed by a double block from Arles and Wilkins and another kill from Dzurik tied things at 24.  Wilkins turned in another kill and a Jumbo error gave the Eagles the 26-24 win in set three. 

Ryan and Desler were the kill leaders for the Jumbos, each finishing with eight kills.  Desler added seven digs and Bright turned in seven kills.  Nwanpka finished with six kills and six blocks.  Acker led the defense with 12 digs and also turned in two aces.  Furash and freshmen Ariel Zedric ran the offense, finishing with 19 and nine assists, respectively. 

Wilkins was the kill leader for the Eagles, finishing with 11 kills and five blocks.  McKnight added nine kills and Leah Saunders finished with seven.  Elyse Thompson turned in ten digs, and Logan Van Reken added nine.  Arles ran the offense, collecting 27 assists.  

The Jumbos are back in action at home on Wednesday night when they host Brandeis for a 7 pm start in Cousens Gym.

Emory National Tournament All-Tournament Team 
Emily Hancock - Berry 
Emily Rapach - Berry 
Mady Arles - Emory 
Hadley Sterett - Otterbein
Jessica Schmautz - Whitworth
Mackenzie Bright - Tufts
Leah Saunders - Emory
Karissa Dzurik - Emory (MVP